Brits find sex the most challenging topic to talk about, with women less likely than men to share with friends what goes on in the bedroom – despite the eruption of erotic fiction and ‘warts and all’ reality TV shows, a survey suggests.
The study, which asked people to rate the topics they find most uncomfortable to talk about, found over half of Brits hate talking about sex with partners and friends.
Despite the Fifty-Shades-effect, women find it more difficult to broach the subject than men, with many confessing they’d rather talk about anything else but “doing it”.
Death and money were the next least popular topics for discussion by women, the survey of 1,510 Brits by Santander revealed.
Telling your family you are ill, informing someone that a loved one has died, or asking a family member for money were also ranked among the most diffcult things to talk about, the survey found.
EL James has made her fortune from ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, but women are still afraid to approach the subject of sex in reality (Rex)
The findings come despite the emergence of frank and explicit TV shows, like Desperate Scousewives and Made in Chelsea, which regularly approach the subject of sex, relationships, one-night-stands and dating.
EL James’ bestselling erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, has been accused of “appalling writing” and demeaning women with its steamy saomasochistic scenes. But most women are still afraid to to approach the subject of raunchy sex in real life, the survey suggests.
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The report claimed Brits are continuing to live up to their “straight-laced, conservative stereotype”, with women breaking out into a cold sweat at the thought of discussing their sex lives with men.
Asking a divorce was also a scary subject, with one in five claiming they would have difficulty raising the subject with their partners.